Kelantan Customs Dept seizes contraband ciggies worth RM2.1mil

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 May 2023

PASIR MAS: The state Customs Department has seized smuggled cigarettes worth RM2.1mil inclusive of unpaid tax from a lorry at the Pantai Senok coastal area in Bachok.

Its director Wan Jamal Abdul Salam Wan Long said the raid at 11pm on Tuesday (May 23) was conducted following a two-week surveillance by its Rantau Panjang enforcement branch.

"The cigarettes had just been loaded onto the 10-tonne lorry when the Customs team pounced.

"An inspection found 2,090,000 sticks of cigarettes inside the lorry. The cigarettes are valued at RM731,500 in the local market, while unpaid tax was RM1.4mil," he told a press conference here today (May 25).

He said the lorry driver had fled when Customs officers raided the place.

"We are trying to trace the lorry owner and goods consignee. We believe the cigarettes were for the market in Kelantan.

"The modus operandi of the syndicate was to smuggle in goods via coastal routes and load them onto lorries for distribution in the state,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967, which provides for a fine of not less than 10 times the value of the goods or RM100,000, whichever is higher, on conviction.

He appealed to the public for information on smuggling activities, including on cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, firecrackers and drugs. - Bernama

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Air Selangor, Monsta launch special 'Boboiboy Air' series for World Rivers Day
Hidden camera incident: Airbnb removes Sabah homestay's host account
Ministry conducting study to strengthen tourism industry guidelines
Two roads in Perak closed temporarily due to landslides
Kuala Kedah bound ferry turns back due to strong winds, high waves
Eight Sarawakians fall for job scams, forced to work in Myanmar, says the police
Sulu case: Malaysia seeks to annul US$14.9bil award by Spanish arbitrator, says Azalina
Elderly woman hoards three tonnes of garbage at home
Johor cops nab 54 in three-day blitz against illegal gambling
Masjid Tanah election petition: Court fixes Oct 27 to deliver decision

Others Also Read